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Recently my mare has started to make funny faces after I ride her. She yawns real big and sticks out her tongue. She then spends the next 5 minutes alternating between this and licking her lips/chewing on her tongue. I bought her just over a year ago from a not so good situation and she has come along so well. She has never been one to be very mouthy - doesn't really work the bit much and never really foams up. I have her in a copper roller egg butt. A couple months ago I started asking her to be more round and take the bit better. I noticed this behaivor shortly after. The first time I thought it was cute, now I am worried there is something wrong. Her bit is clean and free from debris. She had her teeth done less than a year ago and hadn't had it done for many years before that and the dentist said they were in great shape and barely needed anything. I have since moved and have a new dentist coming out here soon. Anything else? She is riding just fine and not balking at taking the bit, so I doubt it is pain. The bit has also started squeaking when I put proper contact on it and ask her to be more round and on the bit. Thanks!
From what I have heard licking and chewing is a sign of a happy horse. She is most likely doing it because you have been asking her to be round and collected, whisch is very comfortable for horses. She is probably much more happy and relaxed after a good ride where she is rounded and more on the bit then one where she is inverted.
I'm not exactly an expert but that seems the most logical explanation.
Does her head get very soft at the poll and look like a slinky on her neck? Is so, the licking and chewing is a horse who is working properly over her back and on the bit.
She is getting better at being soft and supple and on the bit, but she doesn't play with her mouth at all while riding. It is only after we are done and I have untacked her. Maybe she is just expressing happiness. Thanks!
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